Thanks for the insightful article “Ending the blame game” by Jill Gooding in the February 3, 2014, Sentinel. I’m currently reading the entire New Testament, and it reminded me of Jesus’ admonition to never refer to another as disconnected from God. “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:22). For me this underscores the idea that there is no person to blame because we, as God’s creation, all share an innate innocence. Also it occurred to me while reading the article that the contemporary inclination to blame genetic makeup, expressed in such sayings as “I just can’t help the way I am” or “Just be yourself,” may not be a reliable perspective. Instead, the greater lesson we learn in Christian Science is that seeing the lie about God’s expression as mortal and fallible is all that is blameworthy, and that realizing we are all spiritual children of God provides the greatest satisfaction.

Steven Price
San Rafael, California, US

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